About 6 out of 10. Books are like food. Most of the time I eat healthy, good-for-you food. And sometimes I just want a nice greasy burger with large fries and a shake. This book was the greasy burger. It was gross, horrific, bloody and very tasty. What I liked best about this book was not really knowing how it was going to end. You get used to having the hero of the story come out victorious, or at least the bad guy is caught and punished. But this book keeps you guessing to the very end. It really doesn't seem like anyone is going to get out of this alive and that the bad guys win...... or do they??? ;)
When one of the characters says "i ate Meadow, and he tasted like chicken". I laughed so hard i nearly lost control of my car. Just an awesome, cheesy, cornball piece of humor in the middle of a really gross and tense story.
The way he voiced the African American characters. They were so incredibly stereotyped that it was almost offensive. But I believe that most of that was the writing -- the dialog for the African American kids felt like it was written by someone who watched Boyz In The Hood one too many times. The dialog was distractingly stuck in the 80's and it didn't allow me to connect with those characters because they were SUCH caricatures.
"I ate my friend, and he tasted like chicken!" aaaaahahahahaha... just classic.
This book is NOT for everyone!! I'll even venture to say that it's not for most. It's incredibly graphic and gross. The story reads like a B movie slasher flick, but I find those enjoyable so it didn't bother me. There are lots of characters doing really stupid things, lots of characters doing things that are just ridiculous and improbable and lots of hilarious bad guys. There's a myriad of things you can pick at about this book, but why bother. It's like watching a slasher flick and wondering why the girl in high heels and a bikini runs into the woods to get away from the killer.... what's the point... just enjoy the ride. This is not a intellectual piece of literature, but it sure was fun and I enjoyed every minute of it.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
The thing about this book is that there is a pretty good story in there. Not a great mystery but plenty of action and suspense. The problem is it is mixed in with so much blood, gore, torture and just plain nastiness you really want to just look away. I was warned by other reviewers (thank you) so I knew it was going to be bad going in. And it was but I don't regret the listen. It was a good story. But seriously folks, if you are at all squeamish this is not for you.
Now I know precisely what the reviewer who said they were embarrassed about how much they liked this story meant!
Yes I have/will. But I would hope they would rely more on their writing/plotting skills because they can tell a good story. And when it comes to blood and guts I think less can be more. That's why only three stars for the story.
There were many scenes where I was actually calling the characters bad names because of the bad choices they were making. Fortunately, I was cleaning the house instead of sitting on the train!
No. One needs a bit of a breather from all of the carnage. But I did want to finish it.
Not really. The story line was weird and some of the characters I just didn't like.
There was a surprise that was impossible in real life. But it was good for this story.
Maybe not. I didn't care for his voices for the female characters at all. However the male voices were pretty good, he did crazy Lester well.
Since I listen while driving to and from work which is 45mins or so each way, I would say yes. But I probably wouldn't have finished it otherwise.
It is very graphic with the violence and there are many scenes where I actually felt nauseous. It shows the author did a good job describing the scene but it was pretty gross. if you cant handle gross don't listen.
No. It was kind of gross. Too much vomiting!
When they discovered what was really happening on the island.
Very good reader with a compelling voice.
Don't camp alone...
It was a good book with a lot happening, so you have to really pay attention.
I bought this book b/c I've lived in Michigan my whole life and am very familiar with the remoteness of the UP. I thought this would be a book about troubled teens using their street skills to survive in a harsh, hostile, wilderness situation. Anyone who enjoys stories about adults, teens and potentially a little baby being tortured, roasted and eaten alive in very graphic detail will love this book. Anyone who loved the movie Hostel and watched all the sequels will love this book. If you did NOT enjoy the movie Hostel or watch any of the sequels b/c of that, do not waste your credit on this book. You will have nightmares like I did.
I Love to listen to books more often than reading. Audible gets me through the day and night more especially when I'm working !
Gory, funny, and unbelievable
My favorite scene was when Tyrone and Cindy debated over who would get the gun from the campsite, this scene proved how much Cindy and Tyrone like each other
Love that Lester called Georgia "Georgia girl" lol
The only reason i find this book almost listenable is due to the above average narration. The best way i can summarize this book to a prospective listener would be to ask you to recall your childhood cartoons. Now, with those cartoons in mind:
1. extract the good guys and bad guys from cartoon packaging then insert into a mixing bowl with...
2. a serving of blood
3. a heaping portion of guts
4. sprinkle in some authentic Power Rangers believability
5. mix well
6. voila! you now have this novel!
If they are horror fans
Sarah becoming Alpha Female; SUBJECT 33 and the doctor; Martin's fate; Lester's fate; what the helicopter pilot said to the General (priceless); the irony of it all; the will to survive and live.
He does them all so well. I know there was mention about some voices being stereotypical, however, I might be willing to agree if the background of the some of the characters were not explained throughout the story. I think it did a great job with the character.
Sarah for sure, and we would talk about taking over the world or at least bringing public attention to something we all know is true regarding gender stereotypes and who the real strength of this world truly is, who is the true survivors of humanity are and we would force the world's nations to value women more, especially in areas where women are subjugated.
This book was a wild ride, but is not for everyone. I do agree that anyone prone to a weak stomach not read it or buy it. It is for horror movie or book fans or the macabre. The characters were mixed, some you liked and routed for, some you didn't care for but still didn't want to see hurt, some you hated and wanted to see them get what they was coming to them, which is done so great in this book. In some of the characters, you go from dreading them to understanding them and wanting them to get their justice too. The military is involved and if people think that the military would not do such a thing, think again. I love what the helicopter pilot tells the general in this because it shows that some people are not just sheep. I also think that this is a chance for people to question things that have been going on for a very long time and things that have caught up with the US in resent years and how we are look upon as people. This is almost a political statement and it is something that George Romero would come up with when he has made some of his political and social commentaries in his movies. I would recommend this book to anyone, but would warn that your stomach has to be tough and you have to like the macabre.
I actually really loved this story. It had so much of what I enjoy. It was sick and twisted and all great.
This book was certainly a disappointment. I found myself not caring about the characters, mostly due to a lack of character development, especially near the beginning. Who lives? Who dies? Who cares?
It's definitely gory, but I love horror novels and gore doesn't bother me. I just couldn't wait for the book to be over. It's full of ridiculous events after ridiculous events. It's what I'd imagine listening to a book version of Friday the 13th, Part XXIV would be like. Ugh.